The NU Open I - Sign-Ups

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zebraiken of the year
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art by harsha, standing in until zracknel finishes his magic!

Welcome to the NU Open, where all of your old favorites like Charizard and Pikachu (lol) reside. We're almost at the end of the Grand Slam, so do your best in the final stretch!

Tournament Rules:

  • General tournament rules and regulations can be found here.
  • Grand Slam rules can be found here.
  • Standard BW2 NU.
  • Best of three, single elimination.
  • The banlist for this tournament is the same as the NU ladder of the Smogon University server of Pokemon Showdown.
  • If tier changes occur during the middle of a round, they will take effect in the subsequent round.
  • Battles should take place on Pokemon Showdown! unless both players agree otherwise.*

Shadow Tag Gothitelle is NOT banned from the NU Open.

There has been plenty of time to adapt to Gothitelle in NU since its release. If a higher tier bans Gothitelle, it will not be allowed in the remaining rounds. Until then, feel free to use it to your heart's content.


I expect many battles to be completed under alts and I expect many battles to be completed on other servers to prevent scouting. These kind of factors are pretty bad for tournament security, and thus I will make this clear: If I hear any whispers of identity theft (battling as someone you are not) or proxy battling (helping someone else battle through pm) I will not be pleased and I will take severe actions.


Next, I do not want to hear anything about counterteaming, at all. It is the silliest thing I have ever heard, any battler worth their marbles has more than one team. Do not complain about it. I also don't want to hear about any forceful scouting, whether it be spying on another teams irc channel or following your opponent around on PO. There is a difference between "ipl is known for using stall" and "let me follow ipl around all day to watch all his battles since I am his opponent". I expect a lot of the former and none of the latter.

With that said, I give permission to all battlers to ask any person spectating their battle to leave if they do not want them watching. However, given the fact that this is the big stage, I am sure a lot of people want to watch, so don't be too mean.

Timer Clause

As for taking long between moves, if your opponent asks you to hurry up, please oblige. If you are doing a damage calc for a key turn that is one thing, but prolonging every move is suspicious and annoying. Don't do it. Furthermore, Battle Timeout is a rule for a reason. If you run out of time, you lose, simple as that. It does not matter what your opponent says. Do not battle if you think you will have to leave mid battle, and instead reschedule for a better time. Timing out is still classified as a loss, unless the reason for timing out is a disconnection. If there is any suspicion that a disconnect was carried out deliberately to take advantage of this rule in any way, we reserve the right to exercise a harsh punishment.


If a player disconnects and either player contends that they could still win, the optimal solution is to recreate the exact situation the disconnection occurred at during the battle. If it is agreed between players that this is not feasible due to unreasonable battle length, highly improbable circumstances, or some other reason, the player who did not disconnect may choose to rematch with either the same teams or (the option to use) new teams. Timing out is still classified as a loss, unless the reason for timing out is a disconnection. If there is any suspicion that a disconnect was carried out deliberately to take advantage of this rule in any way, we reserve the right to exercise a harsh punishment. Do not do it.

I know that was a lot to read, but it is all necessary for me to have posted here so everyone can see it in the case of a dispute. I don't want any confusion or any problems.

Battle Clauses:
  • Evasion Clause
  • OHKO Clause
  • Sleep Clause
  • Species Clause
  • Timed Battle
  • Team Preview


Players will be selected based on a 62.5% first come first serve and 37.5% randomized basis (if required). Sign-ups will be open for 72 hours. You are encouraged to put your teams together now while sign-ups are taking place to save time once Round 1 is posted.

1. Zebraiken
2. complete legitimacy
3. DC.
5. TrollFreak
6. Shining Latios
7. McMeghan
8. CrashinBoomBang
9. Ciele
10. Heist
11. MMF
12. -Manu-
13. DittoCrow
14. Sayonara
15. llvallejoll
16. Omicron
17. MarceloDK
18. Pedrock
19. Hill
20. Ningildo
21. uxsee
22. shnen
23. AuraRayquaza
24. Fiction.
25. Pesadilla
26. Kennen
27. Malekith
28. W_M
29. kuja20
30. FLCL
31. Amell
32. Texas Cloverleaf
33. papai noel
34. Lavos Spawn
35. Foster
36. Jimbon
37. Funkasaurus
38. MikeDecIsHere
39. FelixMinamimoto
40. CheezitKing
41. Brotom
42. Friar
43. SethZiBritannia
44. IceCarAdler
45. DrMohammadLi
46. Orichalcos Owl
47. Leftiez
48. Nachos
49. Dr Ciel
50. Hyllian
51. Double01
52. sandshrewz
53. The Hitman
54. fatty
55. undisputed
56. Alice
57. senegal
58. Master of the Six Kings
59. davidness
60. Steven Snype
61. Flashrider57
62. T-Dogg
63. locopoke
64. JabbaTheGriffin
65. kokoloko
66. Metroid78
67. WhiteQueen
68. Pocket
69. dholt12
70. Bloo
71. Iconic
72. ballabrown24
73. mostwanted
74. ShakeItUp
75. HSA
76. Pkrs
77. Pidge
78. Django
79. LonelyNess
80. Incon
81. Raseri
82. Eo Ut Mortus
83. Nelson-X
84. blarajan
85. .Robert
86. MOET
87. xtrashine
88. DestinyUnknown
89. Amarillo
90. SilentVerse
91. A l e x a n d e r
92. The Immortal
93. Seco453
94. Cherub Agent
95. Seafunks
96. vonFiedler
97. Hantsuki
98. Vinc2612
99. DarkLoïc
100. sos
101. B-Lulz
102. ThatsMyLatios
103. Arc Tech
104. Ginku
105. Xx Coren37
106. mfhoundoom
107. WormGuy
108. Rydro
109. Shrang
110. SoulWind
111. srk1214
112. Leman
113. emirinho
114. Annoyer
115. Naru
116. -Green-
117. Bigsamoan187
118. idiotfrommars
119. RainbowCrash
120. TalkingLion
121. Redjar
122. Mew
123. viashinomage
124. tennisace
125. Nexuz
126. Sweet Jesus
127. Oglemi

*Note: If you're uncomfortable playing on Pokemon Showdown, matches can be played on Pokemon Online v2, which has also updated to BW2.

Thanks to Zracknel for contributing the (pending!) artwork for the tournament!
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